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The Big Brentwood Advent Challenge

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This year, the parishioners from the Cathedral set themselves a big challenge for Advent – to raise £4000 in just four weeks to run a CAFOD health care clinic for a year.
Deeply moved by the nightly images on television of the devastating effect of disease and illness on our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world the Brentwood Cathedral parishioners have been determined to help and so the ambition to fund a health care clinic for a year was born.
With over 1000 people attending the Cathedral each Sunday, every person at Mass was asked to give £1 on each of the four Sundays of Advent to reach the £4000 target by Christmas Day. But, when one family stepped forward with a generous donation of £4000, our Parish Priest and Cathedral Dean, Father Martin Boland, immediately pledged that the parish would fund a second clinic and raise another £4000.
So, through the amazing generosity of the parish we won’t be paying for just one clinic in 2015 but two clinics.
“On Christmas Day we will truly have something to celebrate. The generosity of Brentwood parishioners is a wonderful blessing and I cannot express my gratitude enough. It is wonderful that one family has been able to donate the cost of supporting a clinic for a whole year but that does not diminish the generosity of others who have also given what they can afford to ensure that we will be able to support two clinics in 2015. “
Our Advent project is an invitation to see Jesus in the very least in our world. To allow the words of the Lord of history to reverberate throughout our lives and our community: ‘As often as you have done this to the least of my brothers and sisters, you have done it to me’. By paying for medicines and nutritional supplements, electricity, petrol and medical equipment our gifts will help to save lives”
Fr Martin Boland

Discover all the celebrations and activities in the Cathedral parish this Advent

What does the word Advent actually mean? The Latin word adventus can be translated as “presence” or “arrival”. When Christians use the word advent, they intend to say: God is here. He has not withdrawn from the world. He has not left us alone. Although we cannot see him and take hold of him as we do with objects in this world, nevertheless he is here, and he comes to us in many ways.
Here are some ways the God may come to you this Advent:
Open your heart to his presence. Worship him. Show your love for him, by loving those around you.

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Inauguration of Advent
with Bishop Alan and the Cathedral Choir at 4.00 pm on Sunday 30 November. This beautiful service includes music, prayer, readings and the lighting of the Advent wreath.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
will take place every weekday morning from 7.30 -8.45 pm. Come and spend some time in quiet prayer before our Lord

 

Morning Prayer
will take place at 8.45 am every weekday morning and 8.55 am on a Saturday morning. Evening Prayer (Vespers) will take place at 6.30 pm every weekday evening. On a Wednesday, Sung Vespers will take place at 6.30 pm.
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Advent Reconciliation Service
will take place at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 17 December. This is a graced opportunity to experience the mercy and healing that only God can give us. There will be a number of priests, including Bishop Alan, available to hear confessions. Fr Dan Mason will preach.

 

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Would you like your art work to be seen by hundreds of people on Christmas Day? (See above the design for last Christmas.)
Using a piece of A5 paper (portrait format) draw a religious Christmas image that is full of colour and creativity. On the back of your picture put your name, age and contact address/email. Deadline was 14 December Competition Now Closed .. Winners will be announced soon. Prizes are £35 for primary school children and £50 for secondary school students. Prizes generously donated by the Brentwood Catenians.

Parish Advent Party

Saturday 6 December 2014

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Which Charity shall we support in 2015?
This year we have supported Little Haven’s Children’s Hospice through our social events. Now we need a charity to support for next year. If you would like to nominate a charity, please write to Fr Martin explaining why your charity should be considered. Deadline for nominations Thursday 25 December
Christmas Cards
help to evangelise others but only if they have a religious image on them. By sending religious Christmas cards we witness to our faith and remind others that Christmas is a Christian festival
Christmas Stamps
This year the Post Office have produced non-religious stamps but if you ask for stamps with religious images on them, you should be able to get them. Do ask!

 

Christmas Carols
In due course, we will be inviting our young people to join us in singing carols in some local residential homes. The singing of carols will bring joy to those who hear them and make the message of Christmas ring out. Watch the newsletter for further details.
Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch
will be held on Tuesday 16 December, beginning with Mass at 12 midday followed by lunch. (Please note the time of Mass .. not as listed in the earlier e-Newsletter)
The event is by ticket only so please contact Clergy House (265235) for tickets or for more information, Liz on 217792.
Welcome to the website of the Cathedral of St Mary and St Helen. This is the mother church of the Diocese of Brentwood, as well as being the home of the vibrant Cathedral Parish here in Brentwood. The Cathedral parish is linked with the parish of Holy Cross and All Saints in Warley.
Please enjoy your tour of our website, and we look forward to greeting you at one of our many services and other parish activities.
Fr Martin Boland .. Dean of the Cathedral and Parish Priest at Brentwood Cathedral and Holy Cross & All Saints, Warley